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Akademi presents the South Asian dance competition

21 Jun 2019

NAVADAL
Saturday 20 July at the Southbank Centre
Plus Rising Stars, an evening of performance curated by Vidya Patel

Competition, Clore Ballroom, 11am to 3pm, free
Performance, Purcell Room, 17.30 – 18.30, tickets £5

Akademi is partnering with One Dance UK, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and Yuva Gati, the South Asian strand of the Centre for Advanced Training programme run by DanceXchange and Sampad, to present NAVADAL at the National Youth Dance Festival, U.Dance 2019. NAVADAL, meaning ‘new shoots’ in Hindi, gives young British exponents of South Asian dance an opportunity to be recognised at an early stage in their career and find pathways into the dance sector.

The rising stars of South Asian dance battle it out for a spot in the Akademi showcase in front of a panel of judges and the Southbank Centre audience. The young dancers compete in three distinct categories: solo and group dances for ages 13 to18 and solo for 19 to 25.

The competition winners will then get an opportunity to perform on the Purcell Room stage in a special evening of dance curated by Vidya Patel, BBC Young Dancer 2015 finalist, YUVA 2016 winner and star of Akademi’s The Troth. Alongside the winners will be four guest artists, chosen by Vidya as South Asian dance stars to watch:

Shree Savani (Bharatanatyam) – BBC Young Dancer 2019 finalist
Jaina Modasia (Kathak) – BBC Young Dancer 2017 participant
Pallavi Anand (Bharatanatyam) – YUVA 2016 winner
Shyam Dattani (Kathak) – BBC Young Dancer 2017 finalist.

Akademi is also sponsoring a ‘Lifetime achievement in South Asian Dance’ award at the One Dance UK 2019 Awards. The nominations are open until 31 July 2019.